BERLIN, Dec. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blacklane has expanded its network of English-speaking, commercially licensed and insured professional drivers to 64 new cities across 12 Asia-Pacific countries (list below). Blacklane now serves more than 250 cities, 500 airports and 50 countries.

Last year, 577 million inbound visitors arrived into the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). PATA forecasts an increase to 657 million inbound visitors in 2020. Furthermore, the region accounts for 30% of the global travel market, according to Phocuswright.

“International visitors are flocking to the region while its booming middle class is exploring the world. Therefore, more and more travelers desire a single trusted driver service for their global travel,” said Jens Wohltorf, Blacklane’s CEO and co-founder. “A familiar and professional experience gives passengers and corporate travel managers peace of mind around the world.”

Blacklane has hired staff in Singapore and in January will open a regional office as part of its commitment to the region.

New Mileage Partner: Asia Miles

Blacklane also now partners with Asia Miles, the frequent flyer program of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. Asia Miles members earn miles on Blacklane rides around the world.

More than 8.5 million frequent travelers are registered Asia Miles members. They can earn and redeem their miles on Cathay Pacific or one of its 24 airline partners.

New Cities Added

  • Australia (5): Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast and Hobart
  • China (24): Beijing, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen and Xi'an
  • India (6): Ahmedabad, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Pune and Surat
  • Indonesia (4): Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta, Surabaya and Yogyakarta
  • Japan (5): Fukuoka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo
  • Malaysia (4): Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Senai
  • New Zealand (3): Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington
  • Philippines (2): Cebu and Manila
  • Sri Lanka (1): Colombo
  • Taiwan (3): Kaohsiung, Taichung and Tainan
  • Thailand (4): Chiang-Mai, Ko-Samui, Krabi, Pattaya and Phuket
  • Vietnam (2): Da Nang and Hue

About Blacklane (www.blacklane.com)
Blacklane is the global professional driver service, covering the first and last miles of your journey. We provide peace of mind for passengers and drivers in more than 50 countries, 250 cities and 500 airports around the world. We guarantee high-quality rides at fair, fixed and all-inclusive rates. All drivers are commercially licensed and insured. Our state-of-the-art systems and a multi-lingual 24/7 Customer Service team coordinates tens of thousands of quality cars in real time. You can schedule rides on our website or iOS or Android apps.

Blacklane Press Contacts
Adam Parken, Director, Communications & Public Relations
+49 (0) 30 2016 3016
+49 (0) 159 0414 6420
+1 919 277 8551
adam.parken@blacklane.com

Julia Gebert, Senior PR Manager, DACH & Middle East
+49 159 0431 5493
+49 30 2016 3913
julia.gebert@blacklane.com